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Indy Amtrak service may end unless state foots bill

Rail| April 24, 2013
Starting Oct. 1, the federal government will stop subsidizing trips within 750 miles, which would affect the Hoosier State service, expected to cost the state $4 million a year if it stepped in.

Calif. HSRA settles case for $5M

Rail| April 24, 2013
Will provide $4 million for an agriculture preservation fund to resolve claims that part of its project could violate state environment law. Will also pay about $1 million in attorneys’ fees to county farm bureaus and other groups that sued.
Rail| April 24, 2013

New Orleans streetcar may see major expansion

RTA’s proposal would almost double the size of the city's existing system. However, the plan depends on new federal grants or tax revenues. The agency projects the cost of all the new lines at more than $800 million.
Motorcoach| April 24, 2013

FMCSA orders D.C. operator to cease operations

This is the first shutdown of a passenger carrier following the deployment earlier this month of more than 50 specially trained safety investigators targeting high-risk passenger carriers.
Rail| April 24, 2013

Minn. Metro Transit runs on windpower

Using Xcel Energy’s Windsource program, the agency purchased approximately 71,000 kilowatt-hours of wind-generated electricity — about a day’s worth of the power required to operate the light rail line on Earth Day.
Rail| April 24, 2013

Bombardier partner wins Chinese order

The trams for the capital of China’s Jiangsu Province, home to over eight million people, will serve two lines in its downtown districts.
Rail| April 24, 2013

Rail track inspection invention receives 2nd patent

Two Marshall University professors say their invention, which uses a combination of GPS devices, cameras and ground penetrating radar, will make inspection of railroad tracks safer, more accurate and less expensive than current methods.
Rail| April 24, 2013

Maxwell, AMT to equip TriMet rail with energy saving tech

Twenty-seven light rail vehicles will be retrofitted with an ultra capacitor-based, energy storage system, which captures and stores regenerative braking energy as it is generated, uses the stored energy for acceleration and releases surplus energy to other vehicles on the system as needed.
Bus| April 23, 2013

TriMet awards $250K in fare grants to low income riders

Seventeen local nonprofits and community-based organizations received funding to help low-income members of the community within the agency’s service district. TriMet partnered with local nonprofit, Ride Connection, to administer the program.
Bus| April 23, 2013

La. public transit system CEO steps down

CATS' Brian Marshall had recently been criticized by the board for not providing a business plan for tax revenues generated after passing a 10.6-millage tax last April.

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